Brunching At The Movenpick Hotel + Giveaway

Monday, October 3, 2016

In Dubai brunches are gaining traction like never before. It's crazy how many hotels (and restaurants, alike) have revamped their brunch offering. It's also indicative of the fact that people don't tend to laze around in their PJs at home on days off anymore.

Brunches can turn into a good or bad experience and I'm glad to state that I haven't been to a bad brunch. It's purely because several hotels pay close attention to every aspect, more so than ever before making the time spent there, worthwhile. 

Having said that, I visited the Movenpick Hotel for brunch. The Art of Brunch, as they call it takes place at the Fountain restaurant, every Friday until Dec 31, 2016 and features a plethora of delicious bite-sized and main course meals within different cuisines along with drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic). 

I'm also sending my 4 lucky readers on this brunch so they can experience it themselves!

The ambience at the restaurant is pretty relaxed and welcoming. The brunch, surprisingly is a favorite among tourists and residents alike, as the seating area was almost full with only a few tables waiting to be occupied. 

We started at the salads and appetizers section- I love salads that defy the norm (carrots, olives, tomatores and cucumbers tossed in dressing is so 1990). I was quite delighted to see a variety of eatables on display- it had something for everyone. My favorite was the feta and figs on warm Italian bread (pictured below). 


There was something delicious about combining the slightly salty feta cheese with the sweetness of freshly cut figs. Don't dismiss it- you must try this one. 

There was a variety of English. Spanish and Arabic salads and appetizers at this section, ranging from the freshly made Moutabal to the spicy chicken strips with grilled pineapple. 


I found this dish to be particularly interesting. The vivid colors and the avocado made it all the more appealing. The best part? They are made in minutes the chef's kitchen, hence the freshness of every ingredient reflected in the taste. 


I can't resist a good Arabic spread. From grilled chicken that tantalizing the taste buds to perfectly made hummus- I love it and was glad to see this as part of the brunch. 


No Arabic salad station is complete without Tabbouleh. I loved how crisp the greens were and this was one of those salads which did not have a generous helping of lemon juice- which is a good thing!


While other restaurants struggle to get Moutabal right, The Fountain has aced it. I did not taste any bitterness within the dish, but a distinct flavor that is prevalent in this traditional dip.


Just like the appetizers and salad section, the main course featured Arabic, Indian and Asian cuisine. The former featured succulent chicken and lamb dishes (incl. Morocco's Lamb Tagine, which was bursting with flavor) along with Harissa Chicken- it's become a firm favorite of mine. 

The Indian section has a variety of food to choose from- be it fragrant Vegetable Rice or chicken based curries and dishes. 


I have to speak a bit more about the chicken. Flavorsome, tender and delicious, this chicken dish was good to eat on its own. I did go for a second helping! 


Seafood lovers, rejoice! There's a sushi section to suit everyone's taste buds along with other Asian elements such as noodles. There was quite a crowd at this section confirming the fact that the restaurant gets sushi perfectly well. 

The sushi is prepared in the moment and presented- don't you just love this? You don't have to worry about an upset stomach or stale food. 


No brunch is complete without desserts! I have a sweet tooth and usually look forward to all things sweet after a meal. Did you know having a small helping of something sweet helps in the overall digestion of the food?

The Fountain Restaurant has a never-ending desserts buffet- alrightm I'm exaggerating a little but you will be spoiled for choice with the variety on display. Think Mango & Chocolate Mousse Cake, Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake, perfectly baked Cherry Cupcakes with White Chocolate, coffee based puddings, Mouhalabiya, Rice Pudding With Mango, freshly made Carrot Cakes...the list goes on.


These particular cupcakes were made to perfection- melt-in-your-mouth deliciousness. I'm a fan of cupcakes that have an unconventional pairing and I appreciate the unexpected burst of flavor that makes you yearn for more of it.


Can we take a moment to appreciate how appealing this Mango & Chocolate Mousse Cake looks? It was equally appetizing and the concoction of fruit paired with cocoa complimented each other well.


I have a special place for cheesecakes in my heart ever since I discovered the no-bake cheesecake recipe. Ever since that day, I've made at least 8 different cheesecakes and almost all of them (with the exception of 2) were a success. So, when I spotted this Strawberry Swirl cheesecake, I was quite delighted.

This cheesecake however, was baked and quite delectable. Brownie points for the smooth texture of the cheese and the sweet & tangy combination of strawberries.


I'm in awe of how beautiful the cake presentations looked. I didn't want to cut this White Chocolate Berry Mousse Cake (but someone had to!). The fresh berries combined with the silky mousse made this quite enjoyable.

The desserts buffet also had a gummy bear dispenser along with a cotton candy and ice-cream stand It pretty much felt like Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory! I'm so grateful for the fact that I could walk out of the hotel with a large helping of freshly spun cotton candy and not wait for winter fun fairs (JBR, I'm looking at you) in the city.

Fountain Restaurant also houses a separate section for the kids, entitled Kids Paradise- completely under supervision, this area houses a play area along with a kids buffet to keep them occupied while you have your meal.

I absolutely loved this brunch and the selection of food. The service was up to par and so was the atmosphere. The Art of Brunch at the Movenpick Hotel located in Oud Mehta has my stamp of approval- I recommend you try it out this Friday.

The brunch, available every Friday until end of 2016 is priced at AED 195 per person including soft drinks or AED 295 including house beverages. Kids below 12 years of age eat for free and those between 12-16 years receive a 50% discount.

I'm giving away two vouchers for my lucky readers (and their plus one) worth AED 400 each! All you have to do is follow the rules below:

1) Like my Instagram page (@DarkRangerN) and follow the instructions on the giveaway post.
2) Confirm with a message below mentioning your Instagram handle.

Competition open for UAE residents only and the prize must be collected from Dubai. Good luck!

Naythar said...

@naysdesires

Zarish said...

Hello neelofar.. i did as required.. big wish to win with you... my intagram handle is @zarishyounas

foodtech204 said...

Confirmed, followed,repost as @marsniraj

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

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Wish to win my dear

Anonymous said...

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Instagram handle @nash_kae

Rachel Bataycan said...

Instagram handLe: @rachelbataycan ..(smile)

Megha said...

Instagram acc : @meghz176
big wish to winnnn :) done all steps

Anonymous said...

My Instagram user
@moatazlc

Omnoms by TM said...

Done! :)
Insta handle: @omnomsbytm

Praful said...

@RawatPraful liked & shared

Praful said...

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Flavia Serrao said...

Liked and following you on Instagram @flavia_pinto02 Hope to be lucky (first to comment :)

Kiran Adnan said...

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Razana parveen Gm said...

Done.. Instagram handle:@razusam..

Omana Sabu said...

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Omana Sabu said...

@omisabu

Allan Tibayan said...

@seiresn

parul ghalout said...

done all steps following on IG as @pgahlout

Anonymous said...

Liked n shared on Instagram as @haselikesurprizes

Selma Romola R said...

Wow!! What an awesome spread. Thanks for sharing your experience. Hope to get a chance to experience the same.

Participated through my handler @selro123. Hope to be lucky to win with you.

seema shelat said...

Would love to get lucky .... Always yr follower on IG as @seema_shelat

Dev Kumar said...

@angad.dev.kumar

Sunny suny said...

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Instagram handle: sanamansoory

mdiksha said...

Done! @mdiksha

Fatima Rukhsar said...

My insta handle is @frma22

K Kuber said...

done followed everywhere my IG id @sakshi.dxb31

Ashar Ali said...

My Instagram handle is: aliashar
Invited my friends to join as well. Also shared on my competitions page. Link given below.

Aisha Muhammad said...

@iam_aisha__

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Unknown said...

Done :D... hope to win

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Anonymous said...

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Shameem Nachiya said...

My Instagram ID : @ShameemNachiya

Anonymous said...

Instagram ID:
@SultanMohideen

zartaj shahid said...

Done all as described. My IG Handle is: zar2014. Hope to be lucky as its going to be our 10th wedding Anniversary on this 27th.

Shameem Nachiya said...

Instagram ID
@shameemnachiya

Blenchie said...

Just reading your review and looking at these foods made me drool :)
IG Handle : @blench17

Anonymous said...

@amnamohammed8 Nice article. Thank you.

Mrs Saad said...

mine is Sobia_saad
Wish to win with you as the food and your review is just yummilcious

Anonymous said...

sherraine22

Bushra Muhammad said...

@ibushra_03 hope to win :)

Bushra Muhammad said...

@ibushra_03

bushra Muhammad said...

@ibushra_03

Anonymous said...

Done Instagram - @saimapervaiz12

simplymeeh said...

@vsimplymeeh

simplymeeh said...

@vsimplymeeh

Razana parveen Gm said...

Done.. instagram handle: razusam . Shared both on fb and instagram

K Kuber said...

my IG id@sh.dxb31 followed everywhere continues my Facebook id- Sakshi Nidhu and followed twitter id- sakshi_sakshih

Rehana Ghaffar said...

done instagram name

Kaveeta said...

Done on insta as @kaveeta_k

Kathrina Cruz said...

@khianne2602 done follow and reposted too

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Anonymous said...

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